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Rome: Preparations for Palermo meeting

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LIBYAPROSPECT – Rome

The head of the Presidential Council (PC) of the Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Al-Sarraj, had finished his visit to Rome preparing with the Italians for the Palermo meeting on Libya of 12 and 13 November.

In the same context, the Italians are expecting a visit from the commander of the Dignity Operation, General Khalifa Haftar, to discuss the agenda of the meetings.

Rome keens on the attendance of the four Libyan faction leaders, Al-Sarraj, Haftar, the head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, and the head of the State Council, Khaled El-Meshri, to talk about the Libyan issues and the ways of ending the political division.

The four leaders who attended the Paris meeting last May had achieved some agreements without signing on them. The main agreement was to go for general elections in coming December, but the agreement was spoiled because some had refused to go for elections without endorsing the constitution after the public referendum on it.

A Libyan source from Rome told LIBYAPROSPECT that the Italian government hadn’t invited the four leaders to avoid any negative arguments before the meeting. The Italians want the factions to attend the meeting to prepare the final agreement under the international supervision.

The source said that the Italians had told Al-Sarraj that the Palermo conference would discuss two main issues; firstly, the security and economic situations, and the postponement of the elections to next year.

Secondly, the conference would talk about the participation of some international sides including a high-level representation from the US as well as Russia.

The source stated that the Italian side also talked with the United Nations envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, last Friday, about the details of the new Italian plan that would help in providing security and stability in Libya.

The source said that Rome wants the four leaders to sign on the plan that would be provided by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) before the Security Council after the Palermo meeting.